UKIPT Brighton: Day 1B, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 100-200)
6.20pm: End of the level
That's the end of the fourth level and players are on a 20 minute break. You'll find level five updates in a new post shortly. -- NW
Recent exits include Adam Palethorpe, Tom Noon and Francois Duburguet, approximately 60 players have exited in the opening four levels. -- NW
6.12pm: Turn of fortunes as Wooldridge moves up, Abou Risk drops down
Warren Wooldridge is still short but has chipped back up to 9,000. Nick Abou Risk is down to 43,000 after losing out with A♥8♥ to [j] on a [K][J] heart flushing board. -- RD
6.02pm: Knock him out, win the tournament
Pictured below is Damian Porebski from Poland who currently has about 9,800. In the past three months he's cashed in three different PokerStars tours. In the first two of those - Estrellas Alicante (10th) and UKIPT Newcastle (24th) the player who knocked him out went on to win the tournament.
In the third - Eureka Bulgaria - he was eliminated by Neil Rawnsley in 19th spot, Rawnsley could only manage 12th spot in that tournament but the serial PokerStars qualifier is also playing today and has around 9,300. -- NW
5.55pm: Trigg takes 40k cooler
The term cooler often gets overused in poker but top set against the nut straight certainly qualifies. On a flop of [10c]7♣6♥ James Green with [10h][10s] and David Trigg with 9♠8♣ got it all-in and created a pot of around 40,000. As the dealer prepared to burn and turn Trigg pleaded for two bricks.
The 8♠ gave Green some chop outs to go with his full-house re-draw but the 5♥ was a blank and saw the pot pushed Triggs way and leave Green with 1,500.
I don't know exactly how the chips went in but Green was saying: "With what's in the pot I can't pass there even though I thought you had the nuts." -- NW
5.47pm: Wooldridge unhappy with his tablemate
Warren Wooldridge has over half-a-million dollars of live winnings, which includes the $288,946 he pocketed for a third place WSOP finish earlier this month. He's not looking thrilled at having to share a table with Nick Abou Risk at the moment, who is sat two seats to his right. Wooldridge is down to just 5,300 while Abou Risk has broken the 70,000 mark.
The Canadian limped the button and Wooldridge tapped the table twice. Once to check his options and once again to check the J♠3♠2♠ flop. Abou Risk stabbed 375 into the pot and Wooldridge twisted his head away from the table in mild exasperation as he mucked his hand. -- RD
5.38pm: Wealthall eyebrow raise
Nick Wealthall looked like he was expecting a five-bet or a fold from his opponent Mark Green. He received neither and his right eyebrow gave away his surprise. The UKIPT host had opened the pot to 525 and had been called in one spot before Green had three-bet to 1,000. Wealthall came back over the top for 2,625 and Green flat called.
The 7♦8♣6♥ flop was checked to Wealthall who tossed out a 3,100 c-bet. It was enough to get a reluctant fold out of Green. That pot takes Wealthall just over his starting stack. -- RD
5.25pm: Fry frazzled
Will Fry is the second EPT champion to be eliminated from this event in the opening four levels, my thanks to Rupinder Bedi and David Rudling-Smith for passing on the following info.
Chris Dowling raised from the cut-off to 600 and was flat called by Rudling-Smith from the button and Fry from the big blind. On a flop of 6♥[10h] it checked to Dowling who led 700, Rudling-Smith raised to 2,100 with a set of sixes, Fry moved all-in for 6,000 with 7♥5♥ and after Dowling had passed Rudling-Smith called. The turn was the 4♥ giving Rudling-Smith a full house but Fry a straight-flush draw. And although the river was another heart it was the queen and Fry was cooked.
That leaves Roberto Romanello flying the EPT winners flag here in Brighton. -- NW
5.28pm: Owston among those out
Welsh foghorn Dan Owston is among those players that have been sent to the rail. "That was quick," said Owston who said it was a combination of hands that knocked him out rather than one big coup. He's gone to scrub up before hitting the town. Brighton beware.
Owston is not alone in tournament misery. John Cann, Luke Flack, Mark Sanders, Michael Pantelli, Albert Sapiano and Bambos Xanthos have all fallen under the axe. -- RD
5.20pm: Chip counts
Here's a few chip counts from my last lap of the room: Nick Wealthall (11,900), Matthew McDerra (16,625), Fintan Gavin (19,800), James Browning (3,350), Rupinder Bedi (8,000), Will Fry (6,000) and Chris Dowling (35,000). -- NW
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 100-200
5.12pm: Small Fry
Will Fry was chipping up nicely in level two. This third level has been less kind to the EPT Budapest winner. Fry raked in €595,840 back in 2008 when he beat at a table that included Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden and last year's standout EPT player Martin Jacobson. Fry hasn't made a major live score since but is always good value for money. He's currently down to 6,000 but that could easily be up to 30,000 by the next break. Wild and erratic or calculating aggression? You can decide when you play him. -- RD
5pm: Wernick in above average shocker
As well as being a stalwart of the UK poker community Mickey 'The Worm' Wernick is known for his ability to grind an average or below average stack for days on end.
So I was a bit surprised to see he's already up to the dizzy heights of 24,000. Whilst I was counting his stack he got involved in a four-way pot, calling a raise pre-flop with pocket jacks. When action was checked to him on the Q♥4♠6♦ flop he bet 600 into the 2,700 pot and got three callers - surely some mistake?
The Worm reverted to type though on the 9♣3♣ turn and river and the other three players checked too, the original raiser - Anas Alhashimi - showed Q♠J♠ to win the pot. -- NW
4.45pm: Lewis and Slater eliminated
I saw Toby Lewis wandering down the hallway away from the tournament room: "Jacks into queens," was his succinct assessment of his exit hand.
Soon after Tim Slater, who finished 5th at UKIPT Newcastle last month, wandered past the media desk and said: "I'm out full house against full house." -- NW
4.34pm: Risk assessment
Nick Abou Risk is now up to 60,000 after hitting the nut to second nut straight. Must be nice. Team PokerStars Pro Jude 'j.thaddeus' Ainsworth has chipped up to 24,500 and also seems very happy with his table. -- RD
4.28pm: Early fallers
Some of the players that we have already waved goodbye to include Marius Haugland, Dave Potter, Paul Mansfield, Tina Bandyle and David Lloyd. Plenty more will fall in these early levels but the real deluge will start around level six and seven. -- RD
4.20pm: Level three begins
Femi Fakinle is a dangerous player when he has chips, he's not afraid to fire multiple bullets at any flop. He now has 28,000, almost twice his starting stack, and is one of our prime candidates to run up a chunky stack in these early levels. -- RD
PokerStars Blog reporting team in Brighton (in order of times hustled by Alex Martin for a free beer): Rick Dacey (once, never again) and Nick Wright (zero, not that gullible). Photos by Mickey May.